ABC Fawned Over Holocaust-Denying Dictator: How Often Do You Cry?

February 12th, 2022 12:15 PM

ABC last week struggled to respond to Whoopi Goldberg’s shocking comments that the Holocaust wasn’t about race. But this is the same network that once fawned over the Holocaust-denying former leader of Iran. Fifteen years ago this week, then-Good Morning America host Diane Sawyer gushed over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a “sentimental,” “sympathetic” man who cries a lot since he’s so caring…


NewsBusters Time Machine: Trumpeting the Tears of a Tyrant

February 16th, 2019 1:30 PM
The NewsBusters Time Machine returns this week with Diane Sawyer gushing to Iran’s former President about what a softie the Holocaust denier is. Seven years ago this week, the then-Good Morning America co-host interviewed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and wondered what makes him cry. 

New Yorker's Idea of Cute? Holocaust-Denying Ahmadinejad as Sports Fan

October 30th, 2018 8:37 AM
A light satirical article that serves to flatter its Holocaust-denying subject was posted at The New Yorker and in the October 29 print edition, under the headline “Mahmoud from Tehran,” by Zach Helfand, who writes about sports for the magazine. “Mahmoud” would be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former president of Iran, murderous tyrant and Holocaust denier who has picked up a weird hobby of tweeting about…

NBC Contributor on Deal: US Not Giving Anything, Iran Gives Everything

July 28th, 2015 9:09 PM
Hey, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has retired as president of Iran.  Why didn't NBC hire him and cut out the middle-man? But seriously, what did NBC think it was getting when it hired as a "contributor" someone who served as Ahmadinejad's translator and who in that role mouthed his vicious anti-Semitic rants? On Chris Hayes' MSNBC show this evening, Hooman Majd claimed the Iran deal is "a good deal for…

MSNBC's Hayes Compares Iran's Ahmadinejad Faction to Bush, 'Neocon Cow

September 30th, 2013 5:15 PM
On Friday's All In show on MSNBC, as host Chris Hayes was joined by fellow MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow to gush over President Obama being the first American president since 1979 to speak with an Iranian president, Hayes at one point drew an analogy between former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's more radical faction and former President George W. Bush's "kind of neocon cowboy who liked to…

Daily Beast's Moynihan: Sorry, CNN, But New Iranian President Rouhani

September 26th, 2013 11:07 AM
The Daily Beast is no stranger to criticism from yours truly nor from NewsBusters in general, but today I have to give kudos to Michael Moynihan for his excellent critique of sloppy journalism from CNN. In "What Hassan Rouhani Really Said About the Holocaust," the Daily Beast culture news editor took the news network to task for reporting that the newly-installed Iranian president, unlike his…

Letterman: ‘Ahmadinejad is Retiring to...His Ranch in Crawford, Texa

June 18th, 2013 9:17 AM
CBS’s David Letterman made a disgraceful joke Monday evening comparing Iran’s crazed despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to former President George W. Bush. During the opening monologue of the Late Show, the host said, “Ahmadinejad is retiring. He's going to spend all of his time on his ranch in Crawford, Texas” (video follows with transcribed lowlights and commentary):

NYT and AP at Odds (For Now) on Whether Obama Admin Is 'Nearing a Dipl

October 20th, 2012 9:46 PM
Seventeen days before Election Day and 45 months after Barack Obama's inauguration following a presidential campaign during which he expressed his eagerness to meet enemy leaders "without preconditions" (Obama responded "yes" to a 2008 presidential debate question containing those words), the New York Times is reporting that the U.S. and Iran "have agreed in principle for the first time to one-…

Piers Morgan Says Ahmadinejad UN Speech 'for Him' 'Almost Reasonable

September 27th, 2012 3:06 PM
What is Piers Morgan thinking? On Monday, he said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "makes perfect rational sense" when talking about broadly about "Afghanistan and Iraq and America's response to 9/11." On Wednesday night, he cast Ahmadinejad's UN speech as "for him, relatively low key, dare I say almost reasonable." New York Times columnist Nick Kristof was quick to provide some context…

Piers Morgan Pines for '30 Years' of Bill Clinton as President, or as

September 26th, 2012 4:40 AM
In a pre-recorded interview with former President Bill Clinton aired on Tuesday's Piers Morgan Tonight, CNN host Morgan fawned over the former Democratic President and complained about the "God damned Twenty-Second Amendment" as he suggested that Clinton should be President "for the next 30 years."

Bizarre: Piers Morgan Asks Ahmadinejad About His Love Life, If Women C

September 25th, 2012 12:22 PM
In an interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, CNN's Piers Morgan asked him about his love life and got into an exchange with him about women not being able to ski by themselves in Iran. "How many times in your life, Mr. President, have you been properly in love?" Morgan asked at the end of the interview. "I'm in love with all of humanity," answered Ahmadinejad, to which Morgan…

Chuck Norris Column: The Ticking Time Bomb of Iran and Obama

August 8th, 2012 3:48 PM
Last Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad posted on his website his most recent anti-Semitic tirade, saying global forces should join together to annihilate Israel. Meanwhile, in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama had a takeout plate of pulled pork and rice. The Jerusalem Post reported Ahmadinejad as saying, "Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation…

ABC's Flub: Ahmadinejad Meets 'Cesar Chavez' in Latin America

February 1st, 2012 3:02 AM
A few years ago, when FNC's Fox and Friends substitute co-anchor Peter Johnson, Jr., accidentally referred to left-wing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as "Cesar Chavez," the famous American labor and civil rights activist, the flub received attention from some of FNC's left-wing critics, even though the FNC host corrected himself moments later. But Tuesday's World News on ABC demonstrates…